Please welcome Romance author Daryl Devore to the Clog Blog. Daryl, Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I am a retired high school teacher who gets to indulge in what once was a hobby. I have 2 pen names. This one – Daryl Devoré – writes hot romances and the other – Victoria Adams – writes NA romance and sweet adult romances.
How do you make time to write?
I retired! As a teacher and a mom there just wasn’t much time. I snuck moments in when I could, but as I said, it was just a hobby.
What are your current projects?
I have 1 book – Darien’s Desire (Two Hearts One Love series) that will be released in June.
Then I will send the final book of the series in.
I have a Christmas story that is written and will be sent to publisher after the book above goes in.
Let’s see – oh, yeah, I have a medieval fantasy with a dragon that’s been sitting on my hard drive for years nagging at me – I really must finish it.
And lastly, I have a flash fiction, sweet, time travel romance that needs to be rewritten and divided into 2 smaller books.
Then are 10 or more files with book ideas and partial chapters waiting on my hard drive.
I see you write A BILLIONAIRE STORY series. What are your thoughts on writing a book series?
That one was an accident. My first book was A Kept Woman and billionaires weren’t all the rage yet. Then my fifth book – FL.E.S.H. was also a billionaire story. My publisher then got the bright idea that I could do a series. As I have changed publishers, I have no idea if I will continue it or not.
My other series – Two Hearts One Love – was again an accident. I wrote the first book and hit a wall. Two years later, while meditating in yoga class the answer smacked me in the forehead. Make the stuck story into 2 stories. Brilliant. I finished book 1 – What Happens in Bangkok – and when I started book 2 I realized – yikes, there’s a book 3! Book 4 tried to notice but I got everything finished in book 3.
So my thoughts on writing a series – they’re hard. I had to keep back checking to make sure things happened. And I never ever thought I’d write a series and now I have 2.
What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
The most difficult part – what does life really feel like for the other sex. My name is Daryl, so I’m guessing most people think I’m male – but I’m female. Daryl, when it rhymes with Karl, is the feminine version. It’s an old Celtic name. But I digress. In a sex scene, I have to imagine what a male experiences when doing something, like kissing. I’ve had 2 male editors and neither has complained, so I guess I’m doing ok.
How did you deal with Rejection Letters if you received any?
IF?!?!?! At first, it hurt and then I progressed to where it’s that publisher’s loss.
I have had some insulting rejections. The person may not have meant it to be that way – but telling me my book was only good enough for an ebook was not what could be considered a compliment.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
I have several mantras. I adore yoga and many come from there, but I’ve included one of my life mantras and one of my writing ones.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Join a critique group. Either online or a local group. Make sure there are experienced authors in the group. Also, make sure they critique your genre. If you write sci-fi don’t join a romance group. Unless romance is a main part of the story. There are different ways the stories are handled between the different genres.
Biggest advice- if you join a group and it doesn’t feel right to you – get out. I’ve been through probably 10 critique groups. And the one I am in now, I’ve been a member for 6 yrs.
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Twitter – http://twitter.com/daryldevore
GoodReads Author Page – http://www.goodreads.com/DarylDevore
Amazon Author Page – http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004TJ1354
LinkedIn – ca.linkedin.com/pub/daryl-devore/58/b42/792/
Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Daryl’s book, “What happens in Bangkok”. ~Tina